How MAG is helping in Somalia
MAG has worked in Somalia since 2001, establishing a full-time presence in 2008 to work with Puntland Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams to safely remove and destroy dangerous items.
From 2010, we deployed our own teams in South Central, along with Community Liaison teams providing mine risk education to increase local awareness of the dangers. From 2012, MAG also delivered Small Arms Light Weapons risk education to reduce the threat from firearm related injury and death.
MAG regularly receives requests for the construction or rehabilitation of armouries and explosive stores from the national authorities in Somaliland and Puntland, and in South Central Somalia via relevant stakeholders in the Weapons and Ammunition Management Technical Working Group.
MAG has completed a total of 131 armouries and explosive stores to date, including 24 in South Central, 52 in Puntland and 62 in Somaliland. Two of these are civilian-police armouries, managed by the police but used by local civilian weapon-owners.
MAG continues to provide low-cost and locally appropriate facilities in line with international standards, and has refined its approach and increased efficiency. We improve accountability and sustainability amongst key personnel through training of armoury storekeepers and managers.
MAG’s interventions continue to respond to need, and we are currently undertaking surveys across both Somaliland and Puntland to review remaining security sector requirements.
Our arms management activities across all three regions are part of broader international support to Security Sector Reform.
MAG’s work supports the overall objectives of the Somali Compact established under the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, which was adopted by the Federal Government of Somalia in September 2013.
This includes strengthening “the capacity and accountability of state security institutions to recover territory, stabilise and provide basic safety and security” as a key priority.
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